cannes2007Am 16. Mai öffnete das wohl wichtigste Filmfestival der Welt bereits zum sechzigsten Mal seine Tore und lockte damit Stars und Journalisten aus aller Welt an. Das Festival an der Côte d’Azur lockt nicht nur durch sein spezielles "Kino unter Palmen Feeling", sondern vor allem durch viele Weltpremieren und eine sehr starke Auswahl an Filmen. Lesen sie bei uns alles über das Festival!


Cannes ist im Kinokalender immer eine Besonderheit. Nicht nur dass es einer der wenigen Gelegenheiten für uns Europäer ist auch einmal jene Filmluft zu schnuppern, die in Hollywood immer vorhanden ist, es ist vor allem eine Gelegenheit für jeden innerhalb einer kurzen Zeit eine Vielzahl an grandioser Filme zu sehen und mit den Stars und Sternchen in einem Ort sich in der Welt des Films zu verlieren.


Dieses Jahr feiert das berühmte Festival seinen sechzigsten Geburtstag und zu diesem Anlass wurden natürlich eine Menge großartiger Filme ausgewählt. Das Filmfestival öffnete am 16. Mai seine Tore und wird bis zum 27. Mai andauern. Am Ende werden wieder wie jedes Jahr eine Vielzahl an Preisen vergeben. Der wichtigste ist Die goldene Palme für den besten Film des Festivals. Weiters werden noch der Große Preis der Jury und der Preis der Jury vergeben. Es ist auch möglich, dass ein Spezialpreis vergeben wird, dies ist aber nicht zweingend.


Neben diesen Awards werden auch noch die besten Darsteller, der beste Regisseur und das beste Drehbuch belohnt. Neben diesen offiziellen Preisen gibt es noch einiges Awards, die im Zuge des Festivals von anderen Organisationen übergeben werden: Diese sind z.B. der FIPRESCI-Preis der internationalen Filmkritik und der Preis der Ökumenischen Jury. Vorsitzender der Jury wird dieses Jahr der britische Regisseur Stephan Frears sein, der zuletzt mit seinem oscarprämierten The Queen weltweit großen Erfolg feierte.


Hier die Filme im Überblick:


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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4monthsRegie: Christian Mungiu


Romania, during the final days of Communism. Otilia and Gabita are students; they share a room in a hall of residence in Bucharest. Gabita is pregnant. The girls arrange to meet a certain Mr. Bebe in a cheap hotel. He will perform Gabita’s illegal abortion. But Mr. Bebe refuses their money and demands to be paid in kind.




alexandraRegie: Alexander Sokurov


Chechen Republic, present day. Russian troop positions. Alexandra Nikolaevna is a grandmother who has come to see her grandson, one of the best officers in his unit. She will spend a few days here, and will discover a new world. In this male world there are no women, no warmth or comfort. Daily life is meagre, people are shy of their feelings here. Or maybe there simply isn't time or energy for feelings. Every day and every hour questions of life and death are decided here. And yet people still live there.



Auf der anderen Seite

aufderanderenseiteRegie: Faith Akin


Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.



Death Proof

deathproofRegie: Quentin Tarantino


For Austin’s hottest DJ, Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier), dusk offers an opportunity to unwind with two of her closest friends, Shanna and Arlene (Jordan Ladd and Vanessa Ferlito). This three fox posse sets out into the night, turning heads from Guero’s to the Texas Chili Parlor. Not all of the attention is innocent: Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a scarred, weathered rebel who leers from behind the wheel of his muscle car. As the girls settle into their beers, Mike’s weapon, a white-hot juggernaut, revs just feet away...



Import Export

importexportRegie: Ulrich Seidl


Two individual fates move in opposite directions. Olga, a nurse from the Ukraine, abandons her family to look for a better life in the West and ends up working as a cleaning woman in a geriatric ward in Austria. Paul, an unemployed security guard from Vienna, is looking a reason to get up in the mornings and heads East with his stepfather, ending up in the Ukraine. Two young people on the move, eager to start a new life, confronted with a rough reality. Two stories about the pursuit of happiness and material advantages, about the darker sides of sexuality and death, and about the difficulties of cleaning the teeth of a stuffed fox.



The Banishment

banishmentRegie: Andrei Zviaguintsev


A husband, wife and two children (a boy and a girl) come from an industrial city to the countryside, to the husband’s birthplace, to stay in his father's old house. In contrast to the old setting (the city that brightens up the relations between the characters, that smooths the rough edges, and even creates some illusion of happiness and love), the new setting is Nature. It is a setting of breathtaking rolling hills, the bottom of a prehistoric sea, and fertile land, all lying in the ruins of dislike. It is sad even though it is proud. It doesn’t let on. It will demand great sacrifice. And no one will hold back the hand the father raises against his son. The voice crying out will not be heard. The son will not be replaced by the lamb. For the one who raises the knife has ears that can not hear, eyes that can not see, and a heart that can not feel. Yet his belief in the "law" of human pride is vehement and inexhaustible, as vehement as his remorse. The seed has been planted and the harvest must follow.



Le Scaphandre et le Papillon


Regie: Julian Schnabel


At 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the rakishly successful and charismatic editor in chief of French Elle was a man defined by his passion for life. On December 1995, he suffered a massive stroke and his brain stem was rendered inactive. In these few bewildering moments, his life was forever changed. After lapsing into a coma, he awoke 20 days later to find himself the victim of a rare locked-in syndrome - mentally alert but permanently deprived of movement and speech. Refusing to accept his fate, Bauby determined to escape the paralysis of his diving bell and free the butterflies of his dreams and imagination. The only way he could express his frustration, however, was by moving his left eye. These movements and blinking a code representing letters of the alphabet became his sole means of communication. Slowly -painstakingly- words, sentences, paragraphs and finally an affecting and life-affirming memoir emerged.



Les Chanson D´Amour

chansonRegie: Christophe Honoré


Every love song tells the same story: "Too many people love you"... "I could never live without you"... "Sorry Angel". LES CHANSONS D'AMOUR tells that story too.



The Mourning Forest

forestRegie: Naomi Kawase


Shigeki lives in a small retirement home. He feels comfortable and happy here with the other residents and the gentle and caring hospital staff. Machiko, one of the home’s staff pays special attention to him. However she is secretly haunted by the loss of her child. After celebrating Shigeki’s birthday Machiko decides to take him for a drive in the countryside. Making their way along the scenic back-roads the car is forced into a ditch by a land-slide and it is here that they embark on their journey of discovery together. As Shigeki determinedly heads off into the forest, Machiko has no choice but to follow. After two exhausting days trudging through the dense wood they finally arrive at Shigeki’s wife’s tomb.



My Blueberry Nights

myblueberrynightsRegie: Wong Kar Wai


After a rough break-up, Elizabeth sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend; a café owner -- all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop and his estranged wife and a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.



No Country for Old Men

nocountryRegie: Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen


Llewelyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law-in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell - can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers-in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives - the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.



Paranoid Park

paranoidRegie: Gus van Sant


Alex, a teenage skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in the vicinity of Paranoid Park, Portland's tough street park. He decides to say nothing.




persepolisRegie: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud


Tehran 1978: An eight year old Marjane, dreams of being a future prophet, intent on saving the world. Cherished by her modern and cultivated parents and adored by her grandmother, she avidly follows the events that lead to the downfall of the Shah's brutal regime. The introduction of the new Islamic Republic heralds the era of the 'Guardians of the Revolution' who control how people should dress and act. Marjane, who must now wear the veil, dreams of being a revolutionary. Soon after, the city is bombarded in the war against Iraq. With the deprivations brought on by the conflict and the routine disappearances of family members and loved ones, the daily repression becomes more severe each day. As her environment becomes increasingly dangerous, Marjane's rebelliousness poses a serious problem. Her parents decide to send her to Austria for her own protection. In Vienna, 14 year old Marjane experiences another kind of revolution: adolescence, freedom and the dizzy heights of love but also with this excitement comes exile, loneliness and the bitter taste of life as an outcast.



Promis me this

promismethisRegie: Emir Kusturica


"Tsane lives with his grandfather and their cow, Cvetka, on a remote hilltop. Except for their neighbor, Bosa, they are the village’s only inhabitants. One day, Tsane’s grandfather tells the young man that he is dying. He makes Tsane promise to go over the three hills into the nearest town and sell Cvetka at the market there. With the money, he must buy a religious icon, then anything he really wants, and finally he must find a wife to bring home. In town, Tsane easily fulfills the first parts of his promise but how is he going to get home with a wife before his granddad dies? That’s when he meets Jasna, who’s late for school as usual..."



Secret Sunshine

secretsunshineRegie: Lee Chang-dong


Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.




breathRegie: Kim Ki-duk


Yeon, a wife who just found out her husband’s infidelity, heads towards the prison to meet a condemned criminal Jin who repeatedly attempted suicide. They fall for each other inevitably. But the time left for them is ticking away and Yeon can’t send him away that easily..



Silent Light

Regie: Carlos Reygadas


Johan and his family are mennonites from the north of Mexico. Against the law of God and men, Johan, husband and father, falls in love with another woman.




tehilimRegie: Raphael Nadjari


In today’s Jerusalem, a Jewish family leads an ordinary life. But following a car accident, the father mysteriously disappears. They all deal with his absence and the difficulties of everyday life as best they can. While the adults take refuge in silence or traditions, the two children, Menachem and David, try in their own way to find their father...



The Man from London

themanfromlondonRegie: Béla Tarr


Maloin leads a simple life without prospects at the edge of the infinite sea; he barely notices the world around him, has already accepted the slow and inevitable deterioration of life around him and his all but complete loneliness. When he becomes a witness to a murder, his life takes a sudden turn. He comes face to face with issues of morality, sin, punishment, the line between innocence and complicity in a crime, and this state of scepsis leads him to the ontological question of the meaning and worth of existence. The film is about desire, man’s indestructible longing for a life of freedom and happiness, about illusions never to be realised - about things that give all of us energy to continue living, to go to sleep and get up day after day ... Maloin’s story is our, all of those who doubt and are able to question our humdrum existence.



Une Vieille Maitresse

maitresseRegie: Catherine Breillat


This future wedding is on everyone’s lips. The young and dissolute Ryno de Marigny is betrothed to marry Hermangarde, an extremely virtuous gem of the French aristocracy. But some, who wish to prevent the union, despite the young couples’ mutual love, whisper that the young man will never break off his passionate love affair with Vellini, which has been going on for years. In a whirlpool of confidences, betrayals and secrets, facing conventions and destiny, feelings will prove their strength is invincible...



We Own the Night

weownthenightRegie: James Gray


As the Russian mafia injects drugs into the vibrant late-1980s New York club scene, up-and-coming club manager Bobby Green must hide his family ties to law enforcement from everyone except his girlfriend Amada: his brother Joseph is a rising star in the NYPD; his father Burt is the deputy chief of police. But for the Russians and their kingpin Vadim, there are no rules of engagement-they will kill anyone to get their message across, including family members. So when they declare war on the police, Bobby is forced to decide between his life and his family.




ZodiacRegie: David Fincher


Based on the true story of a serial killer who terrified the U.S.'s San Francisco Bay Area and taunted authorities in four jurisdictions with his ciphers and letters for decades. Hunting down the hunter would become an obsession for four men, an obsession that would turn them into ghosts of their former selves, their lives built and destroyed by the killer’s endless trail of clues. He publicly claimed 13 victims, then two dozen more. Police pinned him with seven, five dead. The rampage of a madman who has never been caught; the elusive cipher slayer who gripped the nation in fear, America’s very own Jack the Ripper. The true body count may never be known. One thing is certain: That count includes the living.



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A Mighty Heart

mightyheartRegie: Michael Winterbottom


On January 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl’s world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny’s spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about his disappearance, the intense effort to find him and his eventual murder in her memoir A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl. Six months pregnant when the ordeal began, she was carrying a son that Danny hoped to name Adam. She wrote the book to introduce Adam to the father he would never meet. Transcending religion, race and nationality, Mariane’s courageous desire to rise above the bitterness and hatred that continues to plague this post 9/11 world, serves as the purest expression of the joy of life she and Danny shared.



Boarding Gate

boardinggateRegie: Olivier Assayas


Sandra, rebellious, in love, manipulated, runs away to Hong Kong after the death of her lover.



Go Go Tales

GogoTalesRegie: Abel Ferrara


Ray Ruby's paradise: a classy go go/cabaret in downtown Manhattan is a factory of dreams and dreamers, run by the charismatic impresario Ray Ruby, with the expert assistance from long time cronies and colourful hangers on and featuring the most beautiful and talented girls in paradise. Unfortunately all is not well in Paradise and in the course of one eventful nite, Ray and his main sidekick, accountant Jay, are facing imminent foreclosure by the landlady.



The Age of Ignorance

Regie: Denys Arcand


In his dreams, Jean-Marc is a knight in shining armor, a star of stage and screen and a successful author who has women fallen at his feet and into his bed. In reality, Jean-Marc is a nobody, civil servant, insignificant husband, failed father, and closet smoker. Will Jean-Marc be able to resist the temptations of his dreamland or will he decide to carve out a life of his own ?



Ocean´s Thirteen

Szenenbild_07jpeg_700x466Regie: Steven Soderbergh


In "Ocean's 13," the gang is going to need more than luck on their side to break the bank. Ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) never imagined that the odds were against him when he double crossed Danny Ocean's friend and mentor Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), sending Reuben straight to the hospital. With his friend's life on the line, Danny gathers his pals and even a former adversary to take down Bank's new casino on its opening night. Their plan is ambitious and more than a little risky, but there are no limits when it comes to one of their own. What are the odds of getting even?




sickoRegie: Michael Moore


Following on the heels of his 2004 Palm d'Or for Fahrenheit 9/11 and his Oscar® winning film Bowling for Columbine, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore’s new documentary sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach, Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. Sicko promises to be every bit as indicting as Moore’s previous films.




Regie: Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam


Life has not been kind to drinking buddies Sam, Fai, and Mok as they struggle to make ends meet. That is until one stormy evening a mysterious old man appears before them in a bar with a ‘get rich quick’ scheme: An ancient treasure is buried under a high-security Government Building. All they have to do is slip in and retrieve it, if they believe his story. The friends agree to make a run for the treasure and test their fate but what they uncover is far beyond anything they had dreamt of: An ancient coffin containing a ceremonial robe made of gold. According to Mok, who deals antiques, the robe is worth millions. The thought of getting rich puts the men's friendship to the ultimate test as all three are plagued with uncontrollable thoughts of greed.



U2 3D

u23dRegie: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington


The magic of a U2 concert is captured in a whole new dimension.

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